Welcome to the homepage of Dr. Ryan Jesperson - composer, arranger, pianist, and educator
Sorry it's been so long since an update...but having a baby is often exhausting. Tonight my music will be played for the second time in Bolivia (the first being last Friday) and in September a new work will be premiered in Illinois. It's a quiet time right now but I have a lot of simmering projects that will hopefully take off. So keep your eyes on this page!
Ryan Jesperson.com has been completely redesigned! With the rise of phones and tablets I felt that this site needed to keep up. And why not go all out if I'm going to do some redesigning? Check it out, let me know if you find any bugs, typos, or other mistakes...and I'll keep working on it to make it even better.
A slight site redesign and some good news! Kathleen Winters (who is commissioning me for a new work) received a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission to help fund our project! The new work for flute, viola, and harp will be premiered next fall in Illinois.
The Asylum Quartet was recently featured on WNPR's "Where We Live". I am currently working on a commission for them as well that will be premiered this summer. As a special treat, I arranged the "Where We Live" theme song for them. The producers have now asked them to record it in the studio so they can use it occasionally on the air.
My daughter just turned 8 months old and is currently sleeping on my chest, so updating a website takes a little longer than it used to... There are many new concerts to announce and works on the way. Keep an eye on the site and I'll be putting up new recordings and videos soon.
If you are in Wilton on Oct. 6th come hear Joey Abad and Marko Stuparevic perform Icarus at the Wilton Public Library. More details for the concert can be found at www.ctcomposers.org.
Also, please welcome Amelie Margaret Jesperson! She was born July 13th, 2013.
A couple new works have been added to the site, and a new video of fragments and memories performed by Jordan Jacobson and HICO. Now it's time to head toward hibernation. I'll be away until after my daughter is born, but hopefully will have new stuff to post in the late summer. See you on the other side.
New recordings are up! Icarus, fragments and memories (Jordan Jacobson and HICO), and selections from Getz Going (Sheri Brown and the West End String Quartet) can be found in the classical recordings section HERE. More recordings are coming, and lots of performances this summer. Stay tuned.
Good News! My work, Hebdomas Squatinae, won the Verismo Trio Competition. It will be performed in Wyoming and elsewhere starting this summer. This version is for flute, alto sax, and piano.
Also, Icarus, my work for alto sax and piano, will be premiered in West Hartford this weekend. It will be part of a CCCC concert (Central CT. Composers Circle). It will also be performed in late May on a CCI concert (CT. Composers Inc.).
Jordan Jacobson and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will premiere fragments and memories in Hartford on April 20th and 22nd. Find out more and purchase tickets at http://www.hicorchestra.com/.
The future:Bobby Watson and the UMKC Big Band will premier Rhapsody for Dean Moriarty in Kansas City, MO.
spring, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday-Quan will premier portions of Ephemeral Moments: from an opera.
April, 2015: David Tayloe will premier A Page Out of Zen.
April, 2015: Caitlin Yovino will premier le mieux, for solo clarinet and tape, in Hartford, CT.
December 6th, 2014: The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will premier What We Talk About When We Talk in 140 Characters.
Oct. 15th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Boston Athenaeum.
September 28th, 2014: Nøkken, Draugen, for fl, vla, and harp will be performed in Illinois.
September 27th, 2014: Nøkken, Draugen, for fl, vla, and harp will be premiered in Illinois.
August 22nd, 2014: Cuatros Puntos will be performing Hebdomas Squatinae in Cochabamba, Bolivia.
August 15th, 2014: Cuatros Puntos will be performing Hebdomas Squatinae in Tarija, Bolivia.
July 29th-Aug. 3rd, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Traverse City Film Festival in TC. MI.
July 29th-Aug. 3rd, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at Interlochen Ctr. for the Arts.
July 21st, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI.
July 10th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Thomas Crane Publi Lib. in Quincy, MA.
June 19th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Int. Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.
May 9th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will premiere the complete For Sounds in Winter Nights as part of a multimedia show in Manchester, CT.
May 2nd, 2014: ensemble mise-en will perform The Women of Leopold Bloom in Boston, MA.
April 25th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights in Plainville, CT.
April 13th, 2014: Shark Week II: The Return of the Sharknado will be premiered by the Verismo Trio in Wyoming.
April 13th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Chepachet, RI.
April 4th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Battleboro, VT.
March 30th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights in Vernon, CT.
March 20th, 2014: Oboe Duo Agosto will perform Various Techniques at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT.
January 30th, 2014: Nathaniel Edison and the Santa Rosa CC Band will perform Icarus in Santa Rosa, CA.
November 21st, 2013: Ryan Ford will perform BA(da)SS in West Hartford, CT.
November 8th, 2013: Oboe Duo Agosto will premiere various techniques for oboe and english horn in Boston, MA
October 17th, 2013: Hebdomas Squatinae will be performed by the Verismo Trio in Jackson, WY.
October 6th, 2013: Joseph Abad and Marko Stuparovic will perform Icarus on a CCI concert at the Wilton Public Library in Wilton, CT